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Water, Sewer Fees Going Up in 2013

Lakewood City Council passed the increase as part of the 2013 budget on Monday.

Water and sewer bills will be going up for residents in 2013, as Lakewood City Council passed the increased fees during its meeting on Monday. 

Jennifer R. Pae, director of finance, said the water fees will increase by 3 percent and the sewer fees will increase by 10 percent. 

One reason for the increase is that people are using less water. Mayor Michael Summers told Patch earlier this month that the decrease in usage doesn't lessen the cost to maintain the system—costs have to go up to make up the difference.

Additionally, the city plans to replace water meters at businesses and homes, Pae said after the meeting.

Council passed the increases as part of the budget for 2013 at its final meeting of the year on Monday. 

For more on the 2013 budget, check Lakewood Patch on Tuesday afternoon. 

Nick December 18, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Thanks
Kristen Bindel December 18, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Thank you Jenn
Charlene Hall December 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I am just curious as to why Lakewood residents seem to pay as much as 2 times as much as other cities, I pay on the average with just 3 people in my home 100 dollars a month, compared to my sister who lives in Brunswick and who pays that much every 3 months and my other sister who lives in Westpark who pays about 80 every 3 months
Denise December 19, 2012 at 02:49 AM
And don't forget while you're paying more, you always wind up getting less. Like a back porch that is coming away from the building and is leaning. Like major cracks in the walls and holes in the ceiling. But does the city care about any of that??? NO.
Pat Ballasch December 19, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Thanks Jen. Every story needs the background information to make sense.

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